The company behind the Falcon 9 space rockets is now building floating landing pads for the rockets to land on.
A drone landing ship is currently being built in a Louisiana, USA shipyard. This landing ship is for the Falcon 9 rockets built by SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corporation), a US-based space transport company.
The Falcon 9 rockets are designed to be reusable, so once they have transported whatever satellite or cargo they're carrying, they will come back down to Earth and land on one of these new autonomous floating pads.
Elon Musk, SpaceX's founder and CEO, tweeted an image of the new pad being built. They're built from repurposed thrusters of deep sea oil rigs. He also says it's base is 300ft x 100ft, and includes wings extending to 170ft. Musk proposes that in the future it will allow rockets to refuel and fly back, into space we imagine.
Autonomous spaceport drone ship. Thrusters repurposed from deep sea oil rigs hold position within 3m even in a storm. pic.twitter.com/wJFOnGdt9w— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 22, 2014
Elon Musk is also the CEO and chief product architect of Tesla Motors, as well the chairman of SolarCity solar energy company, and he co-founded PayPal. His CV kinda puts mine to shame a little. Only a little!
Here's a video of the Falcon 9 rocket in action, to give you an idea of what it may look like landing on one of these new platforms.